What is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that negatively affects the way you think, feel and act. People suffering from depression feel sad and/or lose interest in activities they once enjoyed.

Symptoms of depression

  • Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Loss of interest in activities that you once enjoyed
  • Change in appetite, weight gain or loss
  • Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Loss of energy
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

How is depression treated?

At our Therapy Centre, we combine different psychotherapy techniques – e.g. medical hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy – to strengthen the effectiveness of therapy. Below are some of the common techniques we use:

  • Cognitive-behavioral Hypnotherapy (CBH)
    • Assessment: includes an analysis of unhelpful thinking patterns, feelings, bodily responses, and behaviors.
    • First aid techniques for depression
    • Ego-strengthening
    • Accessing psychological resources
    • Direct positive suggestions
    • Cognitive restructuring under hypnosis
    • Metaphors
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
    • Cognitive restructuring: Patterns of faulty thinking (so-called cognitive distortions) play an important role in depression: Our mind wants to convince us that something is true when it is not. In therapy, patients learn to identify and challenge their distorted thinking patterns.
    • Behavioral activation: Taking part in enjoyable activities helps patients to reduce negative thinking, and increase positive emotions.
    • Problem solving and skills training
    • Relaxation and mindfulness
    • Exposure

What are the advantages of hypnosis in treatment of depression

  • hypnosis induces relaxation
  • reduces distraction and maximizes concentration
  • facilitates creative thinking and problem solving
  • provides access to the unconscious mind
  • it is a cost-effective treatment
  • compared to medication: freedom of adverse effects, interactions, addictive risks, and withdrawal symptoms